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Canon launched new EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens

Canon just launched the EF50mm f/1.8 STM, the third generation of the popular EF50mm f/1.8 lens, aka nifty fifty, with a new Stepping Motor (STM).

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The latest version of the EF50mm f/1.8 builds upon the proven and venerable design, with enhanced metal mounts for better build quality and greater reliability, STM drive technology to make the autofocusing virtually silent, and optimized lens coating to suppress flaring and ghosting.

The inclusion of the new STM technology makes the lens viable for video capture – a function important to DSLR users today. This enhanced technology removes unwanted motor noise and makes for an even quieter, smoother, and quicker AutoFocus (AF) in movie shooting, resulting in better video footage.

The EF50mm f/1.8 STM is equipped with a reduced minimum focusing distance of 35cm, 10cm less from 45cm on the EF50mm f/1.8. This allows the user to get closer to the subject for a more up-close shot.

Pricing and availability of the EF50mm f/1.8 STM in Singapore will be advised at a later date. According to some websites, the EF50mm f/1.8 STM will be available in the US by the end of May and retails at US$125.99.

Update on 21 May 2015: The EF50mm f/1.8 STM is now available in Singapore at $189.​

Fireworks at Jurong Spring

My neighbourhood had a fireworks display last Friday evening to celebrate the completion of a multi-storey carpark near the wet market plus completion of upgrading plus lunar new year bazaar opening plus pioneer generation appreciation dinner.

This is not the first time we had a fireworks display in the neighbourhood. We had one in 2013 for National Day Observance Ceremony. Nevertheless, it is still interesting to take photos of fireworks that is not at Marina Bay. Its a good change of location.

Well, the fireworks is nothing compared to NDP or New Year Eve fireworks. But it is still pretty good this time. I managed to find a good spot at the top floor of the newly completed multi-storey carpark. It was a great evening to shoot fireworks with wind blowing the smoke away from where I’m standing. Very happy with my photos.

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Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

The long rumoured replacement for Canon’s old telescoping EF100-400mm lens is finally here. I was kinda disappointed when Canon didn’t announce the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM during the 7D Mark II announcement. Well, better late then never.

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The new design of the EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM now allows focus on subjects as close as 0.98m. The maximum magnification ability of the new lens has been improved substantially to 0.31x which is the best in its class. This effectively reduces the minimum focusing distance by almost half, making it possible to shoot very fine details or close-up photos of small subjects.

The EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM is suited for daylight and outdoor situations, where backlight flaring and ghosting are legitimate concerns. Canon has used the new ASC (Air Sphere Coating) technology to create a special film that includes air spheres filled with low refractive index air, effectively forming a layer with excellent anti-reflective effects and clear rendering.

The EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM also features a significantly enhanced Image Stabilization unit. The lens’ new IS unit provides an IS performance improvement from 1.5 steps to 4 steps and three different modes of optimal stabilization. This help the users tackle the challenges of photographing subjects with irregular movement moving at high speeds easily.

No news on the pricing and availability of the EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM in Singapore yet. It will be available in the US this coming December at US$2199.

Canon PhotoMarathon 2014 results

Canon held its 12th PhotoMarathon last Saturday at Suntec City International Convention & Exhibition Centre Singapore. This year’s competition saw over 2,500 participants taking part.

The Best of Show winners of the Open and Student categories, Mayu Sato and Tsun Hao Hu respectively, walked away with a suite of prizes including a photo clinic trip to Japan. The winners had the best collection of photos from the three themes – Above, Beauty in Chaos and Speed.

Best of Show Open Category – Mayu Sato

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Theme 2 – Beauty in Chaos
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Theme 3 – Speed
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Best of Show Student Category – Tsun Hao Hu, Nanyang Technological University

Theme 1 – Above
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Theme 2 – Beauty in Chaos
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Theme 3 – Speed
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Canon PhotoMarathon Singapore is back!

Canon PhotoMarathon is back for the 12th year.

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Date: 1st November 2013
Venue: Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre Hall 401-402
Registration Fee: $15

The prizes this year is pretty attractive. The Best of Show for Open Category this year will walk away with a Photo Clinic to Central Japan, Datacolor Spyder4Pro, SEIKO Men Automatic Watch and a Drobo Mini Portable Storage Array.

The first prize for each theme will also walk away with a EOS 7D MK II, PIXMA IP8770, Manfrotto 190 Carbon Fibre 3-section Tripod, National Geographic P8150 Medium Tote Bag, Datacolor SpyderHD, Sandisk SD Extreme Pro 64GB, Sandisk SD Extreme Plus 128GB, SEIKO 5 Sports Automatic Watch and Adobe One-Year Creative Cloud for Individual Complete membership

For more information, visit Canon PhotoMarathon website.